Former UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is currently in talks with the world’s leading MMA advertising about a new contract, according to her agent Audie Attar, who spoke to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani on his MMA show. Cyborg has one fight left on her contract after her shocking KO loss to Amanda Nunes in UFC 232, but her and her agents have been clear with the UFC that they are interested in a reunion.
According to Attar, Cyborg hopes to fight at UFC 237, which takes place this May at Curitiba, Brazil. The principal event of that event will be headlined by UFC women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas carrying on No. 1 competitor Jessica Andrade, also it makes a great deal of awareness to pump up the undercard with a fighter of Cyborg’s fame and name value, notably in Brazil. If Cyborg does struggle at UFC 237, that will be the final battle on her contract, as he has only 1 battle left it without any champion’s clause because of losing the belt.
The UFC will be smart to bring back Cyborg on a brand new thing. She’s been demonstrated to be a small pay-per-view draw at a time when the UFC needs fighters who market displays, and although she will not be cheap to re-sign, she’s shown to be worth the money. So far as women’s fighters proceed, there aren’t many more exciting fighters compared to Cyborg and there sure aren’t many with considerably more title worth than she has. The UFC absolutely should re-sign her as long as the ask is appropriate.
Although it would be nice to view Cyborg receive a rematch with Nunes viewing like she was on a 13-year win streak before losing her belt in upset fashion, it’s very unlikely Nunes would take this struggle. The rumor is that Nunes wants to fight Holly Holm alongside for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship, which would leave Cyborg with no next logical opponent. There are not too many featherweights in the UFC right now, but the two which do stand out are Megan Anderson and Cat Zingano. Anderson just beat Zingano in controversial fashion following a flea slit her attention and the fight was stopped in the first round at UFC 232, but Anderson did catch her hands raised. If the UFC desired to do Cyborg from Anderson in Brazil, that is a fight that produces a whole lot of sense.
Cyborg will fight out that last fight of her contract, but if she will enter free agency, she will have a lot of suitors. Obviously, Bellator would take a run at her as her ex-Strikeforce promoter Scott Coker is in control of the company. But I would guess RIZIN and ONE would likewise take a run at her, and of course the WWE, Golden Boy MMA and even some boxing promotions. Cyborg will have tons of options to choose from. However, if her agent is being sincere, she wants to come back to the UFC, and it might be ideal to get MMA fans if that is what occurs.
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